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You may never eat street food in China again after watching this video

 

 

China's food safety problems have no better symbol than the illegal and utterly disgusting problem of gutter oil. Cooking oil is used heavily in Chinese food, so some street vendors and hole-in-the-wall restaurants buy cheap, black market oil that's been recycled from garbage. You read that correctly. Enterprising men and women will go through dumpsters, trash bins, gutters and even sewers, scooping out liquid or solid refuse that contains used oil or animal parts. Then they process that into cooking oil, which they sell at below-market rates to food vendors who use it to cook food that can make you extremely sick.

 

This video, produced by Radio Free Asia, shows in excruciating detail how a couple of gutter oil vendors go about their work. It starts with the couple scooping sewage out of the ground, and it ends with unwitting Chinese consumers chowing down on the end product:

 

 

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Street food here isnt all that bad. In fact, its pretty great it you are drinking. The problem is that the restaurants use this stuff too. You can never be sure which place is safe to eat at. Everyone cuts corners. Thats just how you survive in China. Hell, China was selling Fukushima seafood here for a while. ( obviously this was not publicized).

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One of the most fun nights of my life was wandering through the night market in Beijing eating all the street food I could find.  Nearly everything was delicious, including the bugs, the frog-on-a-stick, and some unrecognizable stuff.  The only criteria I had was that I had to see it directly being cooked over flaming coals.  Nothing fried in oil - didn't know about the "gutter oil" but knew I couldnt trust the stuff.   I figured that open fire would kill anything potentially infectious.  I've used that policy to eat street food all over the third world and its always worked out.  I've eaten a bunch of great stuff and never gotten sick.

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